University of Nebraska Medical Center

James Lawler, MD, MPH

Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, International Programs and Innovation, Global Center for Health Security
Director, Clinical and Biodefense Research


James Lawler

Dr. Lawler is the Director of International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security. In 2018, he came to the University of Nebraska Medical Center following a military career in which he served as a Navy Commander and was chief of clinical biodefense research at the Naval Medical Research Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was an attending physician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and served White House assignments as Homeland Security Council and National Security Council staff, where he worked on biodefense, pandemic response, and health preparedness. Dr. Lawler has field experience treating Ebola patients in Sub-Saharan Africa, and he served as a subject matter expert in the training of Department of Defense medical personnel working with infectious diseases patients. He is board certified in infectious diseases.


  • Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1996
  • Internship: National Capital Consortium, 1997
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, National Capital Consortium, 2001
  • Fellowship: Infectious Disease, National Capital Consortium, 2003
Patient Care

Clinic Locations: Internal Medicine Clinic at Durham Outpatient Center

Hospital Appointments: Nebraska Medicine